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Larry Holmes: Against The Odds

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Larry Holmes: Against The Odds Larry Holmes: Against The Odds, the autobiography of the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, was co-written with journalist Phil Berger and first published in 1999. Although Larry Holmes is generally regarded to be one of the ten greatest heavyweight champions of all time (holding some version of the title from 1978 to 1985), he never really escaped from the illustrious shadow of Muhammad Ali – who he succeeded as champion and once worked for as a sparring partner – and gained a reputation for being a somewhat bitter character who always seemed to have a gripe or complex about something. Holmes always seemed to resent the fact that he wasn’t as loved or appreciated as Ali and his reputation sunk to a low in 1985 when, after building a perfect 48-0 record and on the cusp of drawing level with Rocky Marciano’s famous 49-0 mark, he lost a close decision to underdog Michael Spinks and made an infamous and ill-judged comment after the fight about Marciano being unable to carry his jockstrap.

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